Wednesday, December 24, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 24: big grey cloud

© Jonna Jolkin

Day 24 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Big Grey Cloud

The last day of the advent calendar! I think it's the first time December has just flown by, but now I think we are all ready to welcome Christmas. I truly hope you have enjoyed this calendar, because I've had the best time.

The last surprise is a slightly oversized tunic, warm and easy to wear. It's fastened with a zipper on back and has just the right amount of texture.

Merry merry Christmas to all!

© Jonna Jolkin

© Jonna Jolkin

Big Grey Cloud

It’s like a big warm hug! Just the right length, just the right amount of texture - just about everything I wanted this oversized tunic to be.

Yarn: 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins of Malabrigo Worsted by Malabrigo Yarn

Needles: US 8 [5 mm] and US 9 [5.5 mm]

Finished chest circumference: 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58)” [95 (105, 115, 125, 135, 146) cm]. Choose a size with approx. 8” of positive ease.

€ 4.90

© Jonna Jolkin

© Jonna Jolkin

© Jonna Jolkin

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 23: bits + pieces

Day 23 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Bits + Pieces Bonnet

More baby knits! The first sample I made, a bit more than two years ago, was for my little niece - and this second will go to a small little boy just born in Northern Finland. I truly feel blessed to have these small people in my life to knit for.

Bits + Pieces Bonnet

Bits + Pieces bonnet will keep your dearest little person warm and happy. The bonnet is worked in garter stitch from neck up in one piece and shaped with short rows. Cute and quick!

Yarn: 1 partial skein of King of the Jungle merino fingering by Lioness Arts and 1 partial skein of Lust twist by The Uncommon Thread or 2 partial skeins of Tosh Merino Light by Madelinetosh - or any other fingering weight yarn in two colors.

Needles: US 1½ [2.5 mm].

€ 2.90

Monday, December 22, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 22: halfway wrap

© Jonna Jolkin

Day 22 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Halfway Wrap

There are only a few more days left in the calendar and that's hard to believe! If December is always moving quickly, this year it seems to have gone by faster I can even realize. I've had a wonderful time so far - and I still have a few surprises under my sleeve for you! 

Today it's time for a wonderful simple wrap - including everything I really love: garter stitch, stripes and short rows. Thank you, Jonna, for these beautiful photos!

© Jonna Jolkin

Halfway Wrap

This wonderfully simple rectangular wrap is striped with halfway stripes from one side using short rows and spiced up with two intarsia stripes. First the stripes are irregular, but soon they will settle in even pace.

Yarn: 3 skeins of Caper Sock by String Theory

Needles: US 4 [3.5 mm]

Finished measurements: 68" [172 cm] long and 15" [38 cm] deep, after blocking.

© Jonna Jolkin

Sunday, December 21, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 21: baubles

Day 21 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Baubles

I'm a bit late to join the party of knitted ornaments, but I just love these. Quick and easy and fun!


Easy short row garter stitch baubles for this year’s tree, why not! These can be worked almost with any needles and you can add embellishments as desired. Quick and easy - just perfect for all the wool people.

Yarn: 1 skein of Merino Worsted by Malabrigo Yarn

Needles: US 6 [4 mm]

Finished circumference: 7½ (11)” [19 (28) cm].

Saturday, December 20, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 20: vintage highway

Day 20 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Vintage Highway

I'm certain that one can not have too many everyday sweaters - well, actually too many sweaters in general! This one has every feature I love for an everyday sweater: relaxed but flattering fit, 3/4-sleeves, longer backside and some garter stitch. And it's grey! Goes with everything and anything.

Vintage Highway

Vintage Highway is a classic raglan cardigan with small details and lovely relaxed fit. The cardigan pairs garter stitch with Stockinette stitch to make the construction stand out. Worked in lovely Primo Sport with a tight gauge, just to make sure the sweater can keep up with the everyday wear it highly deserves!

Yarn: 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins of Primo Sport by The Plucky Knitter

Needles: US 4 [3.5 mm] and US 2½ [3 mm]

Finished chest circumference: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)” [75 (85, 95, 105,

115, 125) cm] + 3” [8 cm] ease from front increases.

€ 4.90

Friday, December 19, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 19: brother highlighter

Day 19 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Brother Highlighter

This sweater will surely keep the little ones warm! The lovely combination of softest merino blended with cashmere and alpaca is just like a dream to knit with and to wear. It's just what it says; Snug!

Brother Highlighter

Brighten up any gray winter day with your favorite 3-color combination and cast on! The sweater is super easy and fun to knit and perfect to keep the little one warm and cozy. Now this brother will stay in sight!

Yarn: 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins of Snug by The Plucky Knitter

Needles: US 10 [6 mm]

Finished chest circumference: 23½ (25, 27½, 29, 30½, 32)” [59 (64, 68, 74, 77, 80) cm].

€ 3.90

Thursday, December 18, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 18: quiet days

Day 18 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Quiet Days

This one is long due! But finally it's ready for you! Quiet Days cardigan - still the same as three years ago. Three years! Now that's hard to believe, but true. And I still love it (and even more surprisingly it fits about the same!). What fun it was to take new photos of the design today. A true walk down the memory lane...

Quiet Days

This cardigan is perfect for quiet days. It’s warm, simple and fun to knit. The cardigan is worked from the top down in one piece. Short rows worked in the body give the cardigan its unique shape.

Yarn: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of Louhitar by Knitlob’s Lair

Needles: US 8 [5 mm]

Finished chest circumference: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)” / 75 (85, 95, 105, 15, 125) cm.

€ 4.90

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 17: t-shirt transfer designs

Day 17 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: DIY printed t-shirts

Okay, my own sweatshirts got me thinking - and this is what the thought led me to! Cute t-shirts for the little boys or girls (okay, one for big ones too!). Something every knitter loves to see, right?! If they are not wearing the actual sweaters of course...

DIY printed t-shirts - or bags or...

Note: Be careful when trying this for the first time, maybe try on some old clothes, on something you don't mind ruining if things don't go right the first time... Also follow the instructions on the transfer papers carefully!

You need:

- Plain sweatshirt/t-shirt/bag
- Printer
- Iron-on Transfer papers
- Iron
- Old newspapers
- Scissors

Follow the instructions on your transfer paper to do things right, because they may vary slightly. I had a different transfer paper this time, designed for dark fabrics, so I needed the image to be the right way (not mirrored)! I added both options for you -

Download the prints: here
Mirrored: here

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 16: fairy floss

Day 16 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Fairy Floss

Today's pattern sends us right back to year 2013! This fun poncho was originally created for A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Pro-Verbial Yarn Club Spring-Summer 2013, now finally it's available for purchase to all.

Fairy Floss

These delicious yarns together form the sweetest and most romantic poncho. It is a perfect addition to dresses and easy to throw on. This poncho is worked in one piece from top down. Choose your favorite flavor and knit this treat to yourself!

Yarn: 1 skein of Creating Superwash Sock by A Verb for Keeping Warm and 1 skein of Floating by A Verb for Keeping Warm; or two skeins of fingering weight yarn.

Needles: US 5 [3.75 mm]

Finished measurements: Top circumference: 29” [73 cm]; hem circumference: 58” [146 cm].

€ 3.90

Monday, December 15, 2014

knit you advent calendar 2014, day 15: rag rug mitts

Day 15 in the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014: Rag Rug Mitts

Still missing a few knitted gifts and don't know what to make? Why not whip up these quick fingerless mitts? Easy and fun - and a perfect way to use up all those yarn scraps and small balls you have around - I know I still have a full basket of those...

Rag Rug Mitts

Super quick fingerless mittens for everyone, worked in the round and from top down (from palm to cuff). Perfect for all the small yarn remains you happen to have lying around!

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn in 8-19 different colors.

Needles: US 1½ [2.5 mm] dpns.

Finished measurements: Approximately 6½ (7, 7½)” [17 (18, 19 cm] long and 6 (7, 8)” [16 (18, 20) cm] around the palm.